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Hong Kong's Court of Appeal Grants Ban on Protest Anthem "Glory to Hong Kong"

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Hong Kong's Court of Appeal's recent decision to allow the ban on the protest song "Glory to Hong Kong" marks a significant turn of events in the ongoing debate over free speech in the region. Initially, a lower court had rejected the ban, citing concerns about potential "chilling effects" on the freedom of expression. However, the government's application was ultimately granted, leading to a reversal of the previous judgment.

The ruling is not isolated but is part of a larger narrative surrounding Hong Kong's diminishing rule of law and individual rights. Critics have pointed to Beijing's security crackdown as a primary factor in this erosion, highlighting the incarceration of numerous opposition figures and the closure of independent media outlets. This context underscores the significance of the Court of Appeal's decision and the concerns it raises about the future of freedoms in Hong Kong.

Moreover, the ramifications of this case extend beyond just the ban on the protest anthem. It has raised questions about internet freedoms and the potential impact on various entities operating in the digital sphere, including internet platform operators (IPOs) and technology firms like Google. As Hong Kong grapples with broader challenges to civil liberties, the implications of this ruling on digital rights and freedom of expression online are increasingly under scrutiny.

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May 21, 2023 | 05:09